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Value-Education: A Route To Inspired Living

In this post, we would like to explore and understand the meaning of value-education, its significance and high-demand in 21st century world. Value-education is that education which involves many people, engaged in “productive” activities that nurture one another, by providing necessary help, sharing resources, and thereby collaborating and succeeding in individual missions. The first step to a value-education comes in the form of parental support. Parents help us stand on our feet, and perform all sorts of activities that build strength and confidence for our sustainable growth and development. tweet

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Bicycle Ride: Physical Help

Digital Art by Chandra Budhiraju

So, as per Research studies, there are three kinds of help that a human being needs, in a lifetime. Three kinds of help are : Physical help, Intellectual help, and Spiritual help. Even though they are categorized in three types, all these three types of help are inter-linked with one another, and are essential elements in creating a healthy personality that creates meaningful impact in his life. For example, a father may be helping the child with “Intellectual help” by teaching him how to ride a bicycle, when he returns home, he is delighted to express his experience and feelings with his mother, who listens, understands, and encourages him with further inspiration, thereby providing the “Spiritual help” to the child. tweet

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Inspiration of Mother: Spiritual Help

Painting by Hemangi Gawand

However, even though all three helps are pivotal part of value-education, as a human being grows in age, his needs become very specific, and that is when he seeks specific help to address specific needs: Physical, Intellectual, and Spiritual. And it is noteworthy to mention here, that Physical help fulfils the lowest form of need (e.g. food, water, sleep, etc. that condition the physical “body”), Intellectual help fulfils the higher form of need (e.g. nurtures the creativity, analytical reasoning, etc. that stimulates a “brain”), and Spiritual help fulfils the highest form of need (e.g. having Self-awareness, learning how to Accept change, learning how to Cope with failure, etc.). It must be highlighted here that, every human being has all 3 needs, in varying *intensity*. For example, when a child starts attending school, he “specifically needs Intellectual help” to succeed, and a friend or Teacher provides that help. tweet

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Supporting Friend In School: Intellectual help

Sketching by Manju Chaudhuri

As the intellectual help is being provided, a child proceeds to acquire much more knowledge, self-confidence, and starts exploring the avenues of further enrichment. As he receives higher qualification in his chosen fields of study, he receives advanced levels of Intellectual help from various sources that acquaint him with with all kinds of professional careers. Taylor Swift, for example, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. One can be so much, and so much more. Intellectually inspiring indeed! Intellectual stimulation is a vital aspect of value-education. tweet

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Taylor Swift, Career: Intellectually Stimulating!

Digital Art by Ansh Chauhan

Value-education ensures that a child receives all 3 kinds of help, in an integrated approach, yet in a personalized structure specially suited to his own interests, inclinations, feelings, and dreams. A value-added education, hence provided, ensures a child is motivated to adopt “inspired living” as his lifestyle. Value-education not only encourages students to DREAM big, but also empowers them with all 3 kinds of help, to achieve those dreams! tweet

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Dreams. Come. True.

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So, while Physical and Intellectual help is received, one deserves the Spiritual help as a mandatory aspect of value-education. While a young child grows physically strong enough to run a race, win prizes, and gains enough knowledge and skill to reach heights in his chosen profession, in absence of “Spiritual help”, the mind may not sustain its growth. Spiritual help is an absolute necessity for sustainable development and growth. Any growth that is not sustainable, is NO growth. Lack of Spiritual help creates confusion, unhealthy carnal desires, bad behaviour, and diminished focus. A mind in such a state is unable to express all the negativity, and is prone to go through longer duration of silence, isolation, and sometimes, is compelled to take extreme step of  ‘committing suicide’. Silent suffering is not good. On the other hand, retrospective silence for brief moments is healthy as it is relevant to meditation, silent reflection, and is at the root of “Spiritual help” aspect of value-education. tweet

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Retrospective Silence: Spiritual help

Digital Art by Ljiljana Kostic

Let us consider this: If “Spiritual help” be provided alongside all physical and intellectual help, it provides COMPLETE education to a human being. So, value-education completes an education model. A young mind having received all 3 helps, with equal intensity, rises up to every challenge, garners courage to face them, and develops enough mental strength to take a de-tour and change his path of life because he learns how to discriminate between the right and wrong. A value-educated mind, with the guidance of a Guru, who provides “Spiritual help”, becomes a complete human being, healthy, happy, motivated, driven, well-behaved, respectful, humble, ambitious, and confident to live an inspiring living! tweet

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Guru: Provides Spiritual Knowledge

Painting by Archana Kumar

 

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